Complementary Data Software

The RHESSI software tools include stand-alone and integrated packages to retrieve and display data from other missions to provide context for RHESSI observations.

Fermi GBM and LAT

Extensive modifications were made to our spectral analysis package, OSPEX, to enable easy retrieval and analysis of FERMI GBM data.  Please visit the Fermi Solar Flare Observations page for details.  OSPEX can also handle LAT spectrum and response files, however the files are not available publicly and must be requested from the LAT team.


From the RHESSI GUI, click File / Retrieve, Process Data / Synoptic... to initiate the SHOW_SYNOP program.  Through SHOW_SYNOP, you have access to GOES, SOHO, TRACE, SDO, STEREO, radio, and other data sets. After downloading and displaying any of these data sets in the RHESSI GUI, you can use the PLOTMAN tools in the GUI to

  • overlay images with each other or with RHESSI images,
  • use the flux tool to define RoIs and computer image flux,
  • use the profile tool to display a profile through an image,
  • generate movies of a series of images, optionally overlaying them with the corresponding (in time) image from a different data set,
  • overlay time profiles with RHESSI time profiles,
  • and more.

SHOW_SYNOP (see also the Cloudy SolarSoftware nugget) is also a stand-alone program that can be initiated via this SSWIDL command:


The GOES workbench provides a widget interface to the the GOES object software.  You can run the goes software either through the workbench, the IDL command line, or both.  See the GOES IDL Users Guide for more details.  The workbench is initiated by clicking the 'GOES Workbench' button in the SHOW_SYNOP widget, or as a standalone program via this SSWIDL command:

goes, g  ; returns the goes object in the variable g


MESSENGER, SOXS, YOHKOH, and XSM can all be displayed and analyzed in our spectral analysis package, OSPEX .